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Interesting Notes from Class:
This week we read more about library resource sharing, which allows libraries to maintain robust collections without worrying that they have to have every title available “right now.” No library can have every title, so systems have different solutions in place: sharing books with different branches in the same library system, reciprocal borrowing cards for nearby library systems, and inter-library loans.
- “One of the earliest references to [reciprocal lending/borrowing] dates from 200 BC, when the library in Alexandria is know to have lent materials to the Pergamum library.” — Peggy Johnson, Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, 4th ed., 2018, pp. 325-326
- E-materials are still complicated and rarely lent out (aside from a chapter or two), with the #1 issue being copyright law, by which lending is defined as “theft.” — Johnson p. 331
- Librarians are shifting from helping patrons find books on a subject to researching the web (e.g. Google Scholar) for open access articles. Weltin — Heather Weltin, “Interlibrary Loan Services Today,” Library Information and Resource Sharing, ed. by Beth Posner, p. 32
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Sliding in at the last second of Black History Month, I reviewed To Be Young, Gifted and Black by the wonderful Lorraine Hansberry. While the work wasn’t what it purported to be (an autobiography), I was still pleased to read snippets of the playwright’s life and work. Please read A Raisin in the Sun soon so you can enjoy the depth and beauty of Hansberry’s work.
I also reviewed a brand-new book from Zora Neale Hurston entitled Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, a collection of stories that evidenced Hurston’s ideas that would make it into later famous works. Definitely for the Hurston fan, not a good place to start.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Ruth Ware’s female-led thriller/mystery novels are quite popular, and her latest is a twist on The Turn of the Screw. On Tuesday I’ll share my audiobook review of Ware’s novel The Turn of the Key, set in Scotland in an isolated “smart house” with weird kids and creaky noises.
Having children is a complication matter that leaves a whole lot to chance, even if the parents have the best-laid plans. In Doris Lessing’s novella The Fifth Child, she demonstrates just how chancy childbearing can be when a family’s fifth baby is a real-life monster. Check out my review on Thursday to learn why I think The Fifth Child would make a marvelous book club selection.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
Although we’re both enjoying Tibetan Peach Pie (mmm, pie) by Tom Robbins, it’s piecemeal organization makes it easy to stop and pick up later. We’ve decided to switch to True Grit by Charles Portis, as it is the one book/one community pick this year. There will be events soon all over the county that tie into themes in True Grit, and I’m excited that some events focus on both film adaptations (John Wayne’s version in 1969 and Jeff Bridges’s version in 2010) and the process of screenwriting. It’s a small book, around 200 pages, but it’s made a big impact on American culture.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: